By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Amidst the shutdown of bars and restaurants last Sunday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Attleborough businesses are doing what they can to keep profits coming in and spirits high.
Mad Moose Saloon began offering delivery services on March 16, free for orders within a three-mile radius, as well as pickup. Orders must be a minimum of $25 and must be paid over the phone or via credit card. Owner Ceil Weeman said the change has been a sad one and going ahead will be working to break even.
“We’ve been pretty good with people that love us and trying to help us out, we’re fortunate to know so many of those,” said Weeman. “We’re holding our own.”
In the Downtown North Attleborough area, there has been a mixture of closures and altered hours. Socks Etc. has been closed this week, but is taking online orders. Oven Essence changed its hours, and the Okinawan Uechi Karate School closed for the week. Bella Sarno is offering takeout service, as has Stone Ridge Grill and Bar. Table at 10, and Stella Osteria are both offering pickup services.
In an effort to support the town’s business owners, the town government has posted information on loans and assistance.
Brenda Scannell, head of marketing for The Coachman’s Lodge, said that they have closed, but the other business they own, Briggs Corner Pizza, is still taking orders for pickup or drive-thru, and customers are asked to order online or call and pay in advance. Scannell said it has been a popular option, with pizza, pasta, and subs all available.
“It’s been OK, though not making up for the loss of the dining room,” said Scannell. “They really appreciate it.”
Whisk and Paddle co-owner Alyse Leonard has seen a number of large orders cancelled or postponed, but their online ordering system has helped balance this, and she said it may continue after businesses re-open.
“It’s definitely helpful, especially during this time,” she said. “People have been really supportive of small businesses.”